Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and the Mina's Basin

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Our next stop in Nova Scotia was the Annapolis Valley, a 150 km-long valley that runs along the Mina’s Basin, an estuary that is separated from the body of the Bay of Fundy by the mountainous Cape Blomidon. The region is notable for a number of reasons, including; It’s geology and microclimate, which makes it [Read more …]

Charleston Historic Walking Tours

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  Walking tours are a great way to see and to learn the history of a city. This is especially true in a city like Charleston, which virtually oozes history. We spend both our mornings in the city on walking tours.   Historic Charleston Walking Tour. The material alone would [Read more …]

DC Walking Tours

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We have done guided tours of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the Pentagon. this trip, we were looking forward to a few others–Georgetown, the State Department’s Diplomatic reception rooms, and especially the White House. We had, for the first time, submitted an application for a White House tour in plenty of [Read more …]

A Day Trip to Alexandria and Arlington National Cemetery

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Alexandria Virginia is one of our favorite small U.S. cities. We once, in our distant, murky past, rented a beautiful historic Old Town townhouse for the spring and even put in an offer to buy one. We return during as many DC visits as possible to reacquaint ourselves with its history, its colonial architecture and [Read more …]

Washington D.C. Museums

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Washington is the ultimate museum city. Not only does it have a huge number of absolutely world-class museums, but it has some that are absolutely unique (such as it’s Museum of American History (aka, “the Nation’s Attic), but many of these museums are absolutely FREE. Not surprisingly, we spend much of our DC [Read more …]

Deadwood: Legend and Reality in the Town that Gambling Built, and Rebuilt

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Deadwood South Dakota is a beautifully restored National Historic Site. It is fun, historically fascinating and located in the beautifully scenic and activity-rich Black Hills (see our August 10 blog) and within easy driving distance of a number of interesting day-trips (in our August 31 blog). It is also a place of legend, and of [Read more …]

Revisiting the Xian Warriors, Without Going to China

The Xian Terra-cotta Warriors exhibit was the second Discovery Center exhibit we have visited. (The first was an exhibit of Pompeii artifacts and ash casts of people who we killed in the pyroclastic flows.) This exhibit was built around nine of the 2,000-year old, life-sized figures from the tomb of the Qin Emperor who first [Read more …]

Sampling Long Island North Shore’s Historic Estates

We took a bit of Detour on our drive from the east end of the Island into New York. After a day traipsing amongst the huge Modern estates of the current Gilded Age, we decided to take a detour along the north shore of the western end to see a few of the remnants of [Read more …]